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William Field How (1856-1902)


1903 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM FIELD HOW, born on the 15th January, 1856, was apprenticed in 1871 to J. and W. Dudgeon, engineers and shipbuilders, of London.

On the expiration of his pupilage he was engaged for three years, first in the North London Railway Locomotive Works at Bow, and subsequently in the service of Ruston and Proctor at Lincoln, Richardson and Co at Hartlepool, Westwood, Baillie and Co at Poplar, and Appleby Brothers in London.

In 1878 he obtained an appointment on the staff of the late Sir John Fowler, Past-President, under whom he was engaged for twelve years, being occupied during that period on mechanical work in connection with the New South Wales Government business of Sir John Fowler.

In 1891 Mr. How settled in New South Wales, where he acted during the remainder of his life as the engineering representative of Several English firms. He died at Sydney on the 28th October, 1902.

Mr. How was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 1st March, 1881, and was transferred to the class of Members an the 14th November, 1893.




1903 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM FIELD How was born on 15th January 1856, and served his apprenticeship in the marine engineering works of Messrs. D. and W. Dudgeon, of Millwall, London, from 1871 to 1875.

On the completion of his pupilage, he was engaged for three years, first in the locomotive works of the North London Railway at Bow, and afterwards with Messrs. Ruston, Proctor and Co., Lincoln, and Messrs. Richardson and Sons, at Hartlepool.

In 1876 he obtained a Whitworth Scholarship, after which he gained further practical experience in various engineering works in England.

In 1878 he obtained an appointment on the staff of the late Sir John Fowler, Bart., being occupied chiefly with the New South Wales Government business of that firm.

In 1891 he went to New South Wales, where he acted up to the time of his death as the engineering representative of several English firms.

His death took place from paralysis at Manly near Sydney, on 29th November 1902, in his forty-seventh year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.



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